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well-earned (comparative more well-earned, superlative most well-earned)

  1. deserved
    • 2020 December 16, Richard Clinnick, “Network News: A new era as Northern bids a final farewell to Pacers”, in Rail, page 10:
      "The Pacers have kept millions of northerners on the move. But while they have served us well and provided some communities with rail services they may have otherwise lost, it is time to give them a well-earned rest," said Northern Regional Director Chris Jackson.